Cool Vampire Huntress Series I am reading!

29 02 2008

The Damned by L.A. Banks 

I got hooked on L. A. Banks Vampire Huntress Series when I saw it at my local library. I never expected to get so involved in a series where i am jonesing for the next book once I finished the last one. 🙂

Ms. Banks is a delightful writer that delves in the battle of good, bad and spiritalness.(I know can’t spell. lol) 

I just finished reading The Damned and I have to say….HOT DAMN! It was phenominal and one of those can’t put down type of books. Heck the whole series so far has been reading till wee hours of morning! I am off to buy The Foresaken and the rest of the series as I wonder what happens next for Vampire Huntress Damali, her consort Carlos and her Guardian Team. Will she be able to kick hell’s ass and will her Guardian team be able to  handle it all as Armageddon draws near? Will Carlos be able to handle not being a Master Vampire anymore and stay in the light? All these questions are posed through out the books and you get caught up in the story and the lives of these fabulous characters.

I have to thank Ms. Banks for creating a world where she doesn’t preach about religion as all religions are represented one way or another in her books and she delivers a positive and uplifting message amid the war between heaven and hell. But after The Cursed, there are only three more books left (which the latest is The Darkness was just released) according to her website (http://www.vampire-huntress.com/leslie.html) and I am hoping there wil be more on her guardians former lives and about some of the major secondary chartacters that pop up throughout the books. It would be nice to know how they came to walk in the light and be a guardian, helper, etc. 🙂

The Darkness by L.A. Banks

So if you are looking for a wonderful vampire series that delivers a positive message and captivates you as the characters grow as each book takes place, then pick up Ms. Banks series and be prepared for some late nights!

The series is as follows:

1: Minion

2: Awakening

3: The Hunted

4: The Bitten

5: The Forbidden

6: The Damned

7: The Foresaken

8: The Wicked

9: The Cursed

Armageddon Finale:

10: The Darkness (New release)

11: Title TBD

12: Title TBD

Anthologies that showcase the Guardians so far:

Love at First Bite

My big fat supernatural wedding





In the Spotlight: Author Jesse Fox

28 02 2008

Dark Roast Press

Born in small town American (population 400) at the edge of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, she grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Dreams of being a comic artist consumed her from the age of twelve until graduating from high school. Unable to attend college for financial reasons she moved to St. Louis at eighteen where she’s held a number of jobs over the past 21 years. Some of those jobs include sales associate/design student at a floral studio, operations administrator of a ceramic tile company, baker, and assistant cook. Presently she is managing rental property, honing her writing skills, and dreaming of a long-lived career as a writer. Her debut novel Shadows Beneath will be released by Dark Roast Press a new e-publisher whose focus is GLBT erotica.  

Coming Soon – Dark Roast Press: http://darkroastpress.com

Dark Roast on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/dark_roast_press

Live Journal: http://jesse-fox.livejournal.com/

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jesse_fox2008 

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Getting to know Jesse Fox: 

Tell us about your latest book and what you think readers will get out of it. 

Well, my debut novel Shadows Beneath is an M/M erotica novel that’s set against a backdrop of the supernatural/paranormal.In Shadows Beneath the core idea when I wrote it was that even in the most extreme of circumstances true love can overcome, flourish, and survive. I’m hoping that core point comes through. 

Can you describe your characters to us? Do you pattern them after anyone you know or is it pure imagination? 

The three main characters are an interesting trio. Tristan Pryce is a guy who’s worked hard to get where he is and he comes into this job as an academic. He’s there in hopes of solidifying his future, but he’s definitely not a believer in the supernatural. Being the target of the paranormal shenanigans rattles his cage and on top of that he finds himself drawn to the last person he’d imagine.Jake Bauman the second of my trio is an interesting mix both academic and spiritual. Personality wise he’s a quiet loner, he’s used to being on the outside for a number of reasons. He’s a believer into paganism, magic, and the occult. Jake is oil to Tristan’s water, but you’ll slowly discover why Jake is the way he is.

Catherine Mullin is the final third of the trio and she’s one of those women that when they set their mind on getting something they’re like a bulldozer. She’s stubborn to a fault and wants Tristan. To make things even more difficult she’s Jake’s cousin. Together the three of them end up creating more drama than Hollywood could ever hope to create. LOLAs for whether I base characters on anyone that I’ve known well I’d have to say the characters are pure imagination in the end. Although I’ve know a few people over the years that emotionally resemble all three.   

What genre have you not done but want to in the future?

 I’ve written a great deal over the past ten years, but this is my first published work. I’m looking forward to playing in a number of sand boxes in the future, but one I’ve never really done is maybe something set in space or futuristic. I’m usually earth bound in my writings even if they have a paranormal flavor.  

Tell us about your most erotic romantic fantasy. If you could have a 24-hour romantic fling with anyone you wanted, anywhere you wanted, where would you go, what would you do and with whom would you do it?

Wow, that’s hard to say—only 24 hours. I live inside my head a great deal and really just love men of all sizes and shapes. If I had to narrow it down, I would say a secluded seaside cottage in Ireland with my most recent Hollywood crush. I’m a greedy little gal, a bit kinky as well, so my Hollywood crush is actually a duo—Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki from Supernatural. Now–what would the three of us do? What wouldn’t we do? *winks*

 

 If you could have one special super or magical power, what would it be?     

The ability to control the weather I loved Storm in the X-Men when I was growing up.  

If you could visit any time and place, where  and when would it be and why?

 

Ancient Greece definitely I’ve always been fascinated with that world especially at its peak; the art, the philosophy, and the literature. I know they were far from perfect, but I have to wonder if our culture will be remembered like they were thousands of years from now.  

Who’s more fun to write about, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?

 Oh, the bad boys are definitely the most fun. I’ve always thought that because for me writing is cathartic and the bad boys are a way for me to release all those naughty impulses I have that I’d never do in reality.  

Do you watch reality TV? If so, what is one of your guilty pleasures? If not, then what do you prefer to watch?

        Only if I’m bored out of my mind, I despise reality TV because seriously the term ‘Reality TV’ is an oxy-moron. Television is a way to escape from reality for me.  My guilty pleasure The Ghost Whisperer my friends tease me about it constantly. I like a variety of genres, but right now my two favorite, cannot miss shows, are the WB’s Supernatural and Fox’s Bones.

  VIN Diesel or Gerard Butler?

 Gerard Butler hands down! He’s incredibly hot in the 300. 

Where can readers reach you? 

Readers can reach me via e-mail at jesse_fox2008@peoplepc.com 

Where are you published? 

Coming Soon – Dark Roast Press: http://darkroastpress.comThe company is looking at an April 2008 launch. I’ll be doing regular updates at both my Live Journal and my page on MySpace so as soon as I have an exact date so will the public. In addition, the company will keep the public apprised of the launch countdown by checking out Dark Roast Press’s MySpace page. 

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy yourself. J 

I did enjoy myself very much thank you for having me. J





In the Spotlight: Jim Woods

26 02 2008

Gunshot Echoes by Jim Woods

Jim Woods has published more than 400 articles in Outdoor Life, Popular Mechanics, Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Guns, Southern Outdoors,Western Outdoors, Gun Digest, and other national periodicals; and has contributed to the hardbound anthologies, A Guide to Handmade Knives (Janus Press, 1977); Guns of the Gunfighters (Bonanza Books, 1982); and Hunting in Zimbabwe (Safari Press, 1992).

His current book release is GUNSHOT ECHOES, a collection consisting of “The Outlander,” an adventure novella set in South Africa, and five short mysteries. Most recently he published the co-authored collection of short fiction, OLLA PODRIDA (2006). His prior works include the set-in-Africa action-suspense novel, THE LION KILLER (2005); collected accounts of his world hunting adventures, HONK IF YOU LOVE GEESE and Other Hunting Stories (2004); a collection of short fiction, JOURNEYS, and a writing tutorial, TWO DOZEN LESSONS FROM AN EDITOR (2002).

He is a novelist and short-story author, and when not writing for himself, edits other authors’ novels and nonfiction book-length works under private arrangement (click here for editing services information). He is the anthologist and co-editor for, and contributor to, DUTY, HONOR and VALOR, (Society of Southwestern Authorspublisher, Wheatmark, 2006) and A WAY WITH MURDER, (Arizona Mystery Writerspublisher, Xlibris, 2004). He conducts writing-technique workshops for authors’ groups and writing conferences.

Jim Woods worked as Editor, Editorial Director and Managing Editor for (then) Petersen Publishing Company, Los Angeles ; and as field Editor with (then) Publishers Development Corporation, San Diego. He has worked as an engineering writer-editor in the aerospace/defense industry, and served, honorably, with the U.S. Navy, four years.

He is actively included in the Safari Club International (SCI) Professional Outdoor Writers Registry (POWR). His past professional associations include membership in Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

He is listed in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA 58th Edition, 2004.

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Getting to know Jim Woods:
Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.
GUNSHOT ECHOES is a themed collection, the centerpiece of which is a short novel, “The Outlander,” that story set in South Africa, and deals with murder for hire. The novel is flanked by five short stories, all dealing with killing and murder (not the same thing) by firearms. I’m “gun qualified” having served in various staff editorial capacities with three firearms magazines, and have freelanced for many of the national magazines that cover the subjects of guns and hunting.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I read, of course, but I’m a recreational traveler. I’ve set foot in eighty countries on six continents and once was in spitting distance of Anarctica,. I credit the U.S. Navy for my wanderlust, it having shown me that oceans are gateways and not barriers.
What season is your favorite and why?
I’d have to say the fall. It’s the season of my birth and hunting season as well.
What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? What is one of your favorite authors?
I have a one-thousand book library, and a fifth of those relate to Africa in some manner–novels and history. I Have a couple of leatherbound series, and I have all my own books custom leather-bound as my “keeper” copies. I also have a considerable firearms reference collection, as well a what I think to be an adequate assemblage of writing styleguides and books related to writing. Those I refer to for my commission editing services. One author whose work is prominent is Wilbur Smith who writes of Africa, as I do.
What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it?
“A Deady Hand,” Avalon Books, by Carol Costa. And i did like it.
What makes a good book?
 It’s a mystery, and the author is a personal friend. I keep one shelf in my library for books by my personal friends; and it’s growing.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?
I was born in a grassy dtch by the side of an Arkansas backroad when my soon to be family was enoute to Kentucky on foot. I left home at age seventeen, on my high school graduation day and never looked back, I have hunted much of the world; been faced down by an enraged Cape buffalo that hunted me, I wrestled and killed, with a knife,  a 300-pound wild hog in Texas;   I was a gun-point prisoner of Cubans in Angola; and I once held two rogue bikers at bay, with my gun, until the sheriff arrived to our isolated home. The bikers ran to the Sheriff when the cruiser drove up.
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?
I’ve had published some 400 articles in national magazines, and I’ve published six books, including novels short story collections and a writing tutorial.
Where are you published?
I have two books with The Mckenna Publishing Group, Palm Springs; three with publishAmerica, My cutrrent “Gunshot Echoes” with Champagne Books of calgary, canada, and two more book under contract with Champagne.
Thanks for coming! J

 





I am in PRINT!!! OMG!!!

24 02 2008

A Little Charmed Magic by Raine Delight

 A LIttle Charmed Magic

Welcome to Devon Falls, where the residents of this sleepy little town have been thrown in Magic’s radar. One magical Fabrage Egg will capture the heart of a lonely woman and deliver her heart’s desire…in the form of a sensual fae, willing to give her whatever she desires. Hailey Merdith has to trust Tynan with all her heart or all will be lost because Tynan is a fae prince where it is frowned upon to fall in love with a human. He is going to have to break all the rules to have his hearts desire, because for Tynan, being without the one woman who gives him such pleasure and love is like being without air. Will the love of these two unlikely of people be able to fight for the love that has grown between them? Will Hailey walk away from the differneces that engulf them, leaving behind a shattered heart and a broken man?
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In the spotlight: Esther Mitchell

21 02 2008

Hope of Heaven by Esther Mitchell

        Although unpublished until 2004, Esther Mitchell spent her life writing.  She learned to read on such classics as Gawain & the Green Knight and Beowulf.  Raised in Europe, with its wide exposure to mythology, history, and the paranormal, she quickly became fascinated by the lore of the unseen, culminating in a degree in parapsychology.         Life in a fast-paced, on-the-edge military community ingrained her with both an intimate understanding of the military world, and the ability to craft edgy suspense.      

At the age of eight, she fell in love with romance, thanks to great authors like Christine Smith, Lindsay McKenna, and Cassie Miles.  By the age of twelve, Esther penned the first of a series of Arthurian romances, and was working on what would later become her very first release, the futuristic suspense series, Underground.    

Always dedicated foremost to her writing, she writes under her real name, and has completed about twenty novels to date, of which thirteen have been published, with more to come.  Reviewers and fans alike have dubbed her work “exciting,”  “edge of your seat” and “daring.”  

Links:Website: http://www.esthermitchell.com 

Blog: http://www.esthermitchell.com/blog(on the blog are samples of Esther’s fiction, and also information on both her life and on the paranormal) 

Webgroup: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/emreadergroup  

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Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it. My next release is HOPE OF HEAVEN, due out from Aspen Mountain Press this Spring.  It’s the second book in my Project Prometheus Paranormal Suspense series.  HOPE OF HEAVEN is set in Ireland, and I hope readers enjoy the unique characters and the rich paranormal detail I provide.

  What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

*laughs* What’s not working?  I’m a little bit of a workaholic, I guess, but I’m always working in some way or another.  I have three different jobs (only one of which is a steady source of income, at the moment), and spend most of my time working in one or another of them.  But in those rare moments of free time that I have, I enjoy reading, movies, and being in the outdoors. 

What season is your favorite and why?

 Hmm… I’d have to say Fall.  I love all of the seasons, but there’s just something about the vibrant, fiery colors of Fall that give me a peaceful, content feeling.

What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? What is one of your favorite authors? 

*laughs* There’s an interesting question.  Which bookshelf?  I have three bookshelves of fiction, another three of research books for writing, and another three of books for my work as a parapsychologist/Metaphysical Therapist.  My fiction books are crammed with Romance, Military suspense, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and classic fiction.  My research shelves have everything from medieval history to modern military warfare, crime and crime scene books to mythology and world religion.  I have maps, atlases, and dictionaries for a wide assortment of languages.  And on my parapsychology shelf (which, yes, I raid often for writing research, as well), I have more mythology, books on the paranormal, and more. 

What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it? 

Um… Fiction or non-fiction? *lol* I read a lot more non-fiction than fiction, most times. 

What makes a good book? 

As the saying goes, the devil’s in the details.  I think the best books are the ones with a great deal of research and character development. Something that a reader can really lose themselves in, and can’t put down until the last word’s read.  

 What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done? 

*lol* I don’t necessarily consider anything I’ve done to be fascinating.  I look at the events in my life as a part of daily life, so I have no idea exactly how to answer this.  People are usually interested to learn that I grew up in Europe, in a military community (don’t know why, that’s hardly unique).  But most people are particularly interested in hearing about my work with the paranormal.  I’ve been an active paranormal investigator for about twenty years now, and I have a degree (well, everything but the piece of paper at this point) in psychology/parapsychology.

 Boxers or briefs? 

*laugh* I assume you mean which one do I prefer my men in?  *grins* I don’t particularly care. 

Vin Diesel or George Clooney? 

Um… Can I say “neither”? lol… Neither of them have interesting enough faces for me.  I prefer guys with faces that tell a story.  

What else would you like readers to know about you or your work? 

J Everything I am is right there in my books, and I’m always available to answer questions or discuss either my books or the paranormal.  Readers interested in learning more should check out my links and my books, because that’s where you’re going to find out the most about me. 

Where are you published?

 Currently, due to a recent (in the last year) publisher upheaval, I only have two books available – not including HOPE OF HEAVEN, which is due out soon.  The first book of my Project Prometheus series, IN HER NAME, is available through Aspen Mountain Press at www.aspenmountainpress.com/in-her-name/prod_73.html My other currently-available title is a charity book entitled BURDEN OF PROOF, available directly from my website at www.esthermitchell.com 

 Thanks for coming! J    





In the Spotlight: Carol McPhee

19 02 2008

Something about the lady by Carol McPhee

An avid reader of romance novels ten years ago, I wondered why I could never find stories making use of the rugged beauty of Nova Scotia. I set out to create such a story, and then to get it out of my head, I began to write it down. After joining Romance Writers of America and helping form a chapter of the organization in Halifax, I was able to learn more about the techniques of presentation. My stories are the result of that first effort and speak of the invaluable help I received from husband, Karl, who taught me to use the computer and is my biggest fan. Workshops, other published authors, and most of all, my online critique groups have enabled me to bring my imagination to life in my quest to entertain readers. I still often write about Nova Scotia–None So Blind, Undercover Trouble and Means To An End, but I’ve widened my scope with settings in the Canadian Rockies, Alaska, and Maine. Please check out my published works on my website at: http://www.geocities.com/carolmcphee2003

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Tell us about your latest book and what you think readers will get out of it.

My latest book is Something About That Lady, published by Champagne Books in February 2008. 

Can you describe your characters to us? Do you pattern them after anyone you know or is it pure imagination?

The characters in most of my stories are straight from my imagination. I prefer strong, smart, sensuous heroines who are searching for happiness. Matched against alpha males conflict is sure to erupt, making the resolution the essence of an intriguing read. I may pattern the hero after someone I’m aware of which makes him more real, but the heroines develop as I go along.

  

What genre have you not done but want to in the future?

I’ve dabbed in history but would like to make a greater attempt at it. Of course it would ultimately work itself into a romance.  

Tell us about your most erotic romantic fantasy. If you could have a 24-hour romantic fling with anyone you wanted, anywhere you wanted, where would you go, what would you do and with whom would you do it?

Hmm. Hope my husband isn’t going to read this; he may have some objections. Let’s see: hands down it would be a fantasy involving Pierce Brosnan. We would go to an island off the coast of Nova Scotia and do whatever was done in my contemporary romance coming out in April from Champagne Books…A Spirited Affair.

If you could have one special super or magical power, what would it be?

To be able to eat as much chocolate as I want and not gain weight.

If you could visit any time and place, where and when would it be and why?

I would visit the south coast of Nova Scotia back in the 1700s to get fodder for an historical romance. 

Who’s more fun to write about, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?

Bad boys don’t interest me. Arrogant guys who need to be brought down a peg by a sassy heroine are my interest. 

Do you watch reality TV? If so, what is one of your guilty pleasures? If not, then what do you prefer to watch?

I only watch Grey’s Anatomy and the news.

 

Where can readers reach you?

They can reach me by signing and leaving their email address in my guestbook at http://www.geocities.com/carolmcphee2003  

Where are you published?

I am published with Wings ePress, Inc: www.wingsepress.com and with Champagne Books: www.champagnebooks.com  

 Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy yourself. J

Thanks for allowing me on your blog. Carol

 





The Smut Meme *laughs*

18 02 2008

oh this is so cool. I found it at Savannah Chase’s blog on My Space and hope you play along. 🙂

1. Chocolate or Whipped Cream: Whipped Cream baby!

2. Leather or PVC: Leather

3. Outdoor Sex or Indoor Sex: Indoor and Outdoor

4. In the Jacuzzi or In Bed? Bed

5. Bad Sex or No Sex: No Sex

6. Dominate or Be Dominated: Be Dominated

7. Thigh highs or Bodystocking: Thigh highs

8. Fast or Slow: Slow

9. Rough or Gentle: Gentle

10. Bite or Suck: Suck

11. Role play or Reality: Role play


12. Dirty Talking or Dirty Talking To: Dirty Talking To
13. Edible panties or No Panties: No Panties

14. Spanking paddle or Bare-handed: Bare-handed

15. Landing Strip or Kojak: kojak

16. Multiple Sessions or One Good Fuck: Multiple Sessions

17. Moaning or Screaming: Moaning and Screaming
18. Older Men or Young Men: Older Men, just not too old
19. Three-way or No Way: No way           

20. Swing or No Swinging: No Swinging